In 2017, I created a series of three paintings based on Paolo Soleri's Arcosanti in Central Arizona. There, the architecture of archeology is used, which mixes ecology and architecture to create communities in harmony with their environment. Learning of the abuse accusations from Paolo Soleri's daughter, Daniela, I revisited the space with an attempt to emphasize the depression and oppression that institutions, and the people that lead them, can hold over those that dwell in them. 

- Jessica Ecker

Arcosanti Revisited (Architected Landscape 32)

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Finished edges
Ready to hang

Signed on back

48" h x 36" w x 1.5" d
15 lbs. 0 oz.



Jessica Ecker
Mesa, Arizona

Getting to Know Jessica

Jessica Ecker grew up in Arizona and has always been drawn to the desert landscape. In her series titled Architected Landscape, she explores how modern architecture integrates with the desert. The watercolor paintings feature geometric one-story houses with large windows that expose the rugged landscape around them. Like Philip Johnson’s Glass House and other mid-century modern architecture, the landscape is the real “walls” for these structures. By placing the viewer inside the house to look out, Jessica creates a surreal scene. Inside, the walls are stark and grey, while outside many of the landscapes have a fantastical characteristic with brightly colored “candied” mountains. The sense of form, color, and shape in the work reflects a modern American style, reminiscent of painters such as Edward Hopper and David Hockney. Jessica pays tribute to the vibrant flat colors of the West, and quiet scenes of American life. Even though the pieces are devoid of people, it is the way we are placed in the scenes that give the paintings a sense of aspiration. We would like to exist in these places, where the magical landscape seems to have a spiritual pull.